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Scott Hoch

Scott Hoch
Personal information
Full nameScott Mabon Hoch
Born (1955-11-24) November 24, 1955 (age 63)
Raleigh, North Carolina
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceOrlando, Florida
CollegeWake Forest University
Turned professional1979
Current tour(s)PGA Tour Champions
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins23
Highest ranking11 (April 6, 1997)[1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour11
European Tour1
Japan Golf Tour3
PGA Tour Champions4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament2nd: 1989
PGA ChampionshipT3: 1987
U.S. OpenT5: 1993, 2002
The Open ChampionshipT8: 2002
Achievements and awards
Vardon Trophy1986
Byron Nelson Award1986

Scott Mabon Hoch (born November 24, 1955) is an American professional golfer, who represented his country in the Ryder Cup in 1997 and 2002.

Early life

Hoch was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. While attending Needham B. Broughton High School, he won the 1973 NCHSAA Men's Golf State Championship. He was a member of the golf team at Wake Forest University before graduating in 1978. He also played on the winning U.S. team in the Eisenhower Trophy. He turned professional in 1979.

Professional career

Hoch has won several tournaments, including the Western Open, the Ford Championship at Doral, the Heineken Dutch Open and the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. He also won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average in 1986. He has featured in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Ranking.

Hoch is widely known for missing a two-foot-long putt that would have won the 1989 Masters Tournament on the first playoff hole, which he lost to Nick Faldo on the next hole.[2] At the 1987 PGA Championship, Hoch three-putted the 18th hole on Sunday from inside of ten feet. A two-putt would have secured a playoff spot for him.

Hoch is also well known for his infamous quote regarding playing in The Open Championship at the "home of golf" at St Andrews. Hoch referred to this course, considered hallowed ground by most golfers around the world, as "the worst piece of mess" he had ever seen.[3] Partly due to his Open Championship criticism Hoch has been characterized as an "ugly American." However he has played extensively abroad and done fairly well, with three victories on the Japan Golf Tour, a victory at European Tour's 1995 Dutch Open, and multiple victories on the Korean Tour.[4] He also has runner-up finishes at the 1987 Dunlop Phoenix Tournament, 1994 Casio World Open on the Japan Golf Tour,[5] 1995 New Zealand Open on the Australasian Tour, and the 1996 Dutch Open.

Hoch is the rare American golfer who has criticized the Ryder Cup. Before his participation in the 2002 event he described the Ryder Cup as "overrated" and thought that the competition had gotten too "inflammatory."[6]

In 1982, Hoch said that he feared he was going to die after an intruder came into his hotel room in Tucson, Arizona, held him and his wife, Sally, at gunpoint, and tied them up for an hour.[7]

In 1989, Hoch said that he was "really hurt" after being named "Least Popular Golfer" in a poll of Tour players conducted by the Dallas Times Herald.[7]

In May 2007, Hoch won his first Champions Tour event, the FedEx Kinko's Classic. In February 2008, he won his second and third events in consecutive weeks. At the age of 63 became the oldest winner on the Champions Tour.[8] It was his first win on tour in 11 years.

Amateur wins

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins (23)

PGA Tour wins (11)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Jul 20, 1980 Quad Cities Open −14 (63-66-68-69=266) 3 strokes United States Curtis Strange
2 Apr 25, 1982 USF&G Classic −10 (67-69-70=206) 2 strokes Australia Bob Shearer, United States Tom Watson
3 Jul 22, 1984 Miller High Life QCO −14 (67-67-66-66=266) 5 strokes United States George Archer, United States Vance Heafner,
United States Dave Stockton
4 Apr 30, 1989 Las Vegas Invitational −24 (69-64-68-65-70=336) Playoff United States Robert Wrenn
5 Feb 20, 1994 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic −26 (66-62-70-66-70=334) 3 strokes United States Lennie Clements, United States Jim Gallagher, Jr.,
United States Fuzzy Zoeller
6 Sep 3, 1995 Greater Milwaukee Open −15 (68-71-65-65=269) 3 strokes United States Marco Dawson
7 Jul 14, 1996 Michelob Championship at Kingsmill −19 (64-68-66-67=265) 4 strokes United States Tom Purtzer
8 Aug 31, 1997 Greater Milwaukee Open −16 (70-66-66-66=268) 1 stroke United States Loren Roberts, United States David Sutherland
9 Apr 29, 2001 Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic −16 (68-68-67-69=272) 1 stroke United States Brett Quigley, United States Scott Simpson
10 Jul 8, 2001 Advil Western Open −21 (69-68-66-64=267) 1 stroke United States Davis Love III
11 Mar 9, 2003 Ford Championship at Doral −17 (66-70-66-69=271) Playoff United States Jim Furyk

PGA Tour playoff record (2–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1989 Masters Tournament England Nick Faldo Lost to birdie on second extra hole
2 1989 Las Vegas Invitational United States Robert Wrenn Won with birdie on fifth extra hole
3 1995 Shell Houston Open United States Payne Stewart Lost to par on first extra hole
4 2003 Ford Championship at Doral United States Jim Furyk Won with birdie on third extra hole

European Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Jul 30, 1995 Heineken Dutch Open −15 (65-70-69-65=269) 2 strokes Sweden Michael Jonzon, Scotland Sam Torrance

Japan Golf Tour wins (3)

Other wins (4)

PGA Tour Champions wins (4)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 May 6, 2007 FedEx Kinko's Classic −15 (67-66-68=201) 2 strokes United States D. A. Weibring
2 Feb 10, 2008 Allianz Championship −14 (67-67-68=202) 1 stroke United States Brad Bryant, United States Bruce Lietzke
3 Feb 17, 2008 The ACE Group Classic −14 (68-66-68=202) Playoff United States Brad Bryant, United States Tom Jenkins, United States Tom Kite
4 Apr 28, 2019 Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf
(with United States Tom Pernice Jr.)
−23 (62-48-46=156) 5 strokes England Paul Broadhurst & United States Kirk Triplett
Paraguay Carlos Franco & Fiji Vijay Singh

PGA Tour Champions playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2008 The ACE Group Classic United States Brad Bryant, United States Tom Jenkins, United States Tom Kite Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 2011 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf
(with United States Kenny Perry)
United States David Eger & Republic of Ireland Mark McNulty Lost to par on second extra hole

Results in major championships

Tournament 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament T34
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship
PGA Championship
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament T37 T27 T53 CUT 2
U.S. Open CUT WD T48 T34 T36 T21 T13
The Open Championship
PGA Championship CUT CUT T61 T48 T12 T41 T3 T25 T7
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament T14 T35 CUT T7 T5 38 T16 T44
U.S. Open T8 6 CUT T5 T13 T56 T7 T10 CUT CUT
The Open Championship CUT T68 CUT
PGA Championship T49 T43 CUT T6 CUT CUT T61 T6 T29 T21
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Masters Tournament CUT T37 CUT CUT
U.S. Open T16 T16 T5 CUT T53
The Open Championship CUT T8
PGA Championship T74 T7 CUT T57 WD
  Top 10
  Did not play

WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 1 0 2 3 5 18 13
U.S. Open 0 0 0 2 6 11 23 16
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 2
PGA Championship 0 0 1 1 5 8 24 17
Totals 0 1 1 5 15 25 70 48
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 10 (1983 Masters – 1987 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (4 times)

Results in The Players Championship

Tournament 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
The Players Championship T37 T13 CUT T44 CUT T14 T39 CUT CUT WD CUT CUT CUT WD T19 2 T5 T6 T13 T7 T4 T42
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place

U.S. national team appearances



See also


  1. ^ "Week 14 1997 Ending 6 Apr 1997" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  2. ^ Gregory, Sean (April 9, 2008). "Hoch the Choke, 1989". Time.
  3. ^ Morfit, Cameron (January 17, 2007). "Scott Hoch Speaks Candidly About Tiger, CBS and Frank Chirkinian". Golf Magazine. Archived from the original on March 9, 2011.
  4. ^ Shipnuck, Alan (July 16, 2001). "He's Got a Shot Scott Hoch, the last man you'd expect to take the British Open, moved into the ranks of the contenders with his Western win". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  5. ^ "Scott Hoch – 1994". Official Worl Golf Ranking.
  6. ^ Ferguson, Doug (September 24, 2002). "Scott Hoch Gets Ryder Cup Attention". The Edwardsville Intelligencer. Retrieved May 11, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Reilly, Rick (June 12, 1989). "Hoch Choke". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  8. ^ Strege, John (April 28, 2019). "Scott Hoch, 63, becomes oldest senior tour winner, teams with Tom Pernice to win Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf". Golf Digest. Retrieved May 11, 2019.

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